Heather M. Moss is an Attorney Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she ensures that recipients of DOJ financial assistance, including local law enforcement agencies and state-wide departments of corrections, comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and the delivery of services or benefits. Ms. Moss investigates and administratively resolves discrimination complaints, conducts compliance reviews, and provides technical assistance and trainings. Ms. Moss is stationed in California, but works in coordination with the Civil Rights Division and Offices of the U.S. Attorneys nationwide. Ms. Moss also serves as a collateral duty mediator for employment complaints within the DOJ and other federal agencies, and on the Executive Board for the DOJ Gender Equality Network. She is consistently awarded for her exemplary performance.
Ms. Moss first worked for the DOJ after attaining her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 2002. At that time, Ms. Moss joined the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section as a Civil Rights Analyst, where she conducted factual and legal analysis of jurisdiction compliance with federal voting rights laws under the former administrative review process of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After attaining her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009, Ms. Moss joined Baker Botts L.L.P., as a Litigation Associate in Washington, DC, where her client representation focused on corporate investigations, securities litigation, and government relations. During her law firm tenure, for example, Ms. Moss served on the litigation team for a federal breach of contract and securities fraud trial, which resulted in a nearly $1 billion jury award for their client. Ms. Moss also engaged in a variety of pro bono activities, including an Eighth Amendment challenge to the federal lethal injection protocol, Street Law mentorship, and fundraising for the Legal Aid Society of DC. Ms. Moss subsequently served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), where she represented the SSA as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in U.S. District Court and Ninth Circuit program litigation cases, investigated and litigated federal employment discrimination and harassment cases, served on the class action cadre, reviewed agency contracts, and authored various legal opinions.
Prior to joining UC Berkeley School of Law’s faculty as an LL.M. Legal Research and Writing Lecturer, Ms. Moss served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (2009)
A.B., Bryn Mawr College (2002)